Gardai have began an investigation following the unexplained deaths of two women in Tullamore in Offaly.
One of the two women who sadly passed away is believed to be from Portlaoise.
On Sunday, Gardaí were called to a hostel in Tullamore town, where a 44-year-old woman was discovered in an unresponsive state.
She was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. Her body was removed to Tullamore Hospital for a post-mortem examination.
While this morning, at the same location emergency services were called to treat a woman in aged her late teens.
She was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later and her body has since been removed to the mortuary at Tullamore Hospital where a post-mortem examination will be carried out.
While at the hostel, a 23-year-old man became unresponsive and was removed by ambulance to Tullamore Hospital.
His condition is understood to be critical and he is also believed to be from Portlaoise.
A second man, who is 32, was also taken to Hospital for treatment, his condition is not thought to be life threatening.
Gardaí are liaising with the HSE and CADS, a local community alcohol and drugs support group, in relation to the case.
Gardai say: “The deaths are not thought to be Covid related and Gardaí are awaiting post-mortem and toxicology results to determine the course of a their enquiries. The local Coroner has been notified.
“Investigations are ongoing.”